Your Go-To Reference Guide For Specific Sports Supplements
Making sense of sports supplements; find out what is worth taking and what to tell your athletes.
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This is arguably the #1 question I get when I discuss anything nutrition-related with my athletes. I'm sure it's the same for you, especially when you consider:
While there is simply no replacement for a well-balanced diet consisting primarily of single-ingredient foods and un- or minimally processed nutrient sources, many athletes believe they need to take supplements to perform at their best or to get an edge. And they take them without understanding what they are taking, what exactly is in what they are taking, and they take them without discussing it with a professional.
How do athletes 'know' what to take?
They rely on the advertisements they see. Athletes are vulnerable by hyped claims.
The dietary supplement market is a 50 billion dollar market. Over a billion of that is directed at specific sport supplements. And you can imagine the tons of dollars that are put into the marketing of these products. The more hype they can create the better. The more pro athletes they can sponsor, the better the supplement looks.
But all of these supplements being marketed are safe right?
You need to take into account that there are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations specific to dietary supplements that establish a minimum standard of practice for manufacturing of dietary supplements. Also, the FDA does not evaluate the contents or effects of supplements before they are sold.
There are some potentially dangerous supplements out there. There are even 'safe' supplements out there that can be tainted during the manufacturing process.
So when you have your athletes ask the frequent question: “what about supplements?", what should you tell them?
You can just ignore the question and tell them they should worry about eating nutrition whole meals and then hope for the best. Because you know that your athletes are going to take supplements anyway. You know that they are going to jump online or hit the local supplement superstore and grab whatever advertisement or label resonated with them the best.
Your athletes don't understand: - the ingredient list - the side effects - the dosing
And taking advice from those without knowledge can be dangerous, so...
You owe it to your athletes to have an educated answer to their supplement questions. Because, if not you, then who? And that’s exactly where Sports Supplements: A Coaches’ Guide comes in.
Based on decades of sound science and practical experience, this resource was developed for one reason and one reason alone: to equip the committed coach with the evidence-based facts to provide sound counsel to athletes looking to separate marketing fluff from proven facts.
Protein, Amino Acids, & Muscle Builders
Protein, Whey Protein, Casein Protein, Soy Protein, Pea Protein, Hemp Protein, Amino Acids, Essential Amino Acids, Branched Chain Amino Acids, Glutamine, Creatine, Beta Alanine, Beta-Hydroxy-Beta-Methylbutate (HMB)
Recovery Agents & Other Compounds
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Omega-3 Algae Oil, Probiotics, Caffeine, Green Tea Extract, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), Raspberry Ketones, D-Ribose,Testosterone Boosters, ZMA, Elk Antler Spray, Tribulus Terrestris
Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamin A, Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B-5 (Pantohenic Acid), Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Chloride,2 Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium
What to take, eat, and when: before, during, and after. (Pre-, During, Post-). Also shows samples of meal and snack choices and your window of when to eat.
The Good, Bad and the Ugly. Dr. Mohr goes deeper into supplements giving examples and showing what good options are and what to stay away from.
One of the best parts of the Sports Supplement Guide being digital, is that we can constantly update the content. As new products come in or as new research comes in, we can easily update the ebook and send you the updated copy for free.
Dr. Chris Mohr
Christopher Mohr, PhD RD is a nutrition spokesperson and consultant to a number of media outlets and corporations. Current and past clients include Under Armour, Reebok, Johnson and Johnson, the Johnson and Johnson Human Performance Institute, Deloitte, General Mills Bell Institute of Health, Clif Bar, Barilla, Gatorade, Nestle and Nordic Naturals, among others.
Dr. Mohr was the consulting Sports Nutritionist for the Cincinnati Bengals and University of Massachusetts Athletic Program. His expertise has offered him the opportunity to speak at the White House, the CIA and to audiences in over 10 countries and almost all 50 states. He is also the Director of Sports Nutrition for the National Sports Performance Association (NSPA).
He often appears on TV as a nutritional guest expert, including an appearance with Chef Emeril Lagasse, CBS’s ‘The Talk’ and another on the Montel Williams Show. He was the nutrition consultant and expert for the NY Times Bestseller, “LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout” and worked closely with Fitness Celebrity Denise Austin and Mario Lopez, to write the nutrition sections for their books.
Dr. Mohr was on the Advisory Board for Men’s Fitness Magazine and has written over 500 articles for consumer publications, such as Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, Shape and most other fitness publications. Dr. Mohr has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University and University of Massachusetts, respectively. He earned his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Registered Dietitian.
When your athletes come to you with supplement questions, you want to be able to not only give them a 'yes' or 'no' answer, but you want to be able to give them the details as to why.
Again, you want to be able to steer your athletes in the right direction. The Sports Supplement: A Coaches' Guide, is that manual that you can reference constantly.
Of course you can always try and do the research yourself and sift through the eleventy billion articles online and then dig into which studies are valid and which websites you can actually trust...but, really why? We did the research for you. (In the guide we supply all of the scientifically-backed references if that's your thing and you want to dive into all of those studies).
In the Sports Supplement Guide, it covers specific supplements:
- Background - Common Use - Function - Requirements - Source - Deficiency - Safety, Side Effects, and Toxicity - Supplementation Guidelines - Conclusions Based on Available Data
This digital ebook guide is designed to help you decide if the potential benefits of dietary supplements outweigh those risks, and if so, how you can better choose a low-risk product.
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